My friend Rosemary made this bracelet, and a lot of other gorgeous stuff, that I will show you later in today's post. When Rosemary isn't working, rescuing dogs (see previous posts), cooking or crocheting, she is making jewelry. Yeah, I know -- she makes me feel like a slacker, too. I asked Rosemary to share her ironing story.
"I grew up with an iron that must have weighed 10 pounds. It had no thermostat. When it got too hot you unplugged it, and when it got too cold you plugged it back in. My dad never updated our house wiring. That meant that if you ironed school clothes in the morning and made toast at the same time, you’d blow a fuse. Those were the days . . . ".
Another ironing hater. Welcome, Rosemary!
I asked her a few questions, because I am nosy.
Q: I know you love to make jewelry, crochet, and cook. Which domestic activity do you enjoy the most, and why?
A: Right now I like making jewelry the best – when you cook, you spend a lot of time and make a mess and only get one or two meals out of all that work. Jewelry lasts.
Q: If you could afford ANY jewelry medium to work with, what would it be?
A: I’d love to work with the Cortez pearls --they are a blue/green/lavender and are found only in the Sea of Cortez (Baja California).
Q: How do you come up with your designs? Do you draw them, dream them, etc.?
A: I just fiddle around with the beads and see what happens.
Q: Has living in Hawaii changed your jewelry style? Do you choose different materials or designs now?
A: I work with pearls more, now that I live in Hawaii. Pearls are appreciated here! One time a man told me that ‘pearls are out of style’ – that is so not true – ever.
Q: Describe a perfect day.
A: Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks, lunch at Hilo Bay Café, dinner at Kaleo’s in Pahoa. Cappucino after dinner.
I gather she likes coffee.
Her designs are available on Etsy.com under Island Gems.